Small Claims Court handles Civil cases asking for $10,000.00 or less. Small Claims Court is designed to be simple, quick, and cost less than a regular Civil lawsuit.
Small claims court is a special court within the Superior Court where disputes are resolved quickly and inexpensively. The rules are simple and informal. The person who sues is the plaintiff. The person who is sued is the defendant. In small claims court, you may ask a lawyer for advice before you go to court, but you cannot have a lawyer in court during the hearing. You must present your case yourself.
An alternative for resolving disputes is mediation, where you and the other side meet with a neutral person – a mediator – who is specially trained to help people resolve their disputes without having to go to court. In mediation, everyone works together to find a solution, instead of having the judge make a decision.
A series of short videos has been created explaining the small claims process. The first in this series is highlighted below. Click the link at the right to view the entire series.